A Utah lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would prevent people who haven’t paid their child support from obtaining hunting and fishing permits.

Republican Karianne Lisbonee introduced House Bill 197 on Monday to help tackle the over $400 million in past-due child support within the state.

The bill would prohibit anyone who owes $2500 or more from obtaining any license, permit, or tag from Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources.

An individual would only be able to buy a permit once the Office of Recovery Services verifies that he or she is no longer behind in payments.

Lisbonee says the 38% of Utah families do not receive their current child support.

If passed, the bill would go into effect July 1, 2021.

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